Baraja Taurina Artist: Carlos Ruano Llopis Date: 1950s Country: Mexico This deck is a promotional item from the famous Hotel Regis in Mexico. Demolished after the 1985 earthquakes. Each card is a different painting of Llopis' famous bullfighting scenarios. The suits are used in traditional bullfighting: Tambourines, Banderillas, Lances and Goblets. Intense, graphic and controversial, Llopis depicts the various stages of a bullfight, up until the noble beast's death.
Centenario Country: Mexico An interesting thing about this deck is it's depiction of the Sota (Jack). Typically represented as a young, mostly androgynous page (generally thought to be male), this deck clearly represents females.
Chinese "Comas" Knockoff" A very recent (and pretty faithful) reproduction of the vintage Pedro Comas set of naipes.
Don Clemente Tradicional by Pastatiempos Gallo Country: Mexico
Naipes Maya Country: Mexico This deck has a bit of everything. The size is consistent with the American decks (2.5"x3.5"), has Spanish courts and also includes 8s, 9s and jokers.
Loteria is an extremely popular pastime in Latin America, with enormous parlours. It's an illustrated version of Bingo. And it's not just for old people as the sterotype tends to indicate. Children and teenagers frequent these parlours. Not to mention it's a fun for family game night. What makes it stand out is that with every card that is called out, a humorous phrase, cheeky saying or poem follows it. This is the Mexican variant produced by Don Clemente. Although very similar to the one I grew up playing.